Everything You Need to Know About Mouth Chlamydia
Today, we’re talking about mouth chlamydia. That’s right. By this point, everyone’s heard about chlamydia appearing in the genital area. However, many people are unaware that certain sexually transmitted infections can affect other parts of their body as well. Chlamydia is just one of these “extragenital” STIs.
All forms of chlamydia are transmitted via contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner. This transmission is far more common than you may realize. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.6 million cases of the infection were reported in 2016.
Unfortunately, mouth chlamydia can be difficult to spot without taking the proper precautions.
What Does Mouth Chlamydia Look Like?
As we mentioned, mouth chlamydia is an example of an extragenital infection. The symptoms of oral chlamydia may often be as mild as a sore throat or a slight fever. Many cases don’t show any signs of infection at all! When left undetected and untreated, it can lead to serious consequences, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and chronic pelvic pain.
As we mentioned, many of us aren’t even aware that it is possible to catch chlamydia anywhere outside of the genital area. To protect yourself from the dreaded chlamydia throat, you’ll need to be cautious. Safe sex is always smart sex. In this case, using condoms and dental dams are an important first line of defense.
Going down on a partner carrying chlamydia allows the infection to be passed to your mouth. On the other hand, if your partner has oral chlamydia when going down on you, it can be passed directly to your genitals. Condoms cannot always prevent STIs, but they definitely offer powerful protection. For absolute peace of mind, you should screen for STIs regularly.
All About Extragenital Testing
When it comes to rectal or mouth chlamydia, a traditional genital-only test won’t do. You’ll need a specific test. That’s where extragenital testing comes in.
You see, a standard test at your doctor or clinic will only check one of the three potential infection sites: the genitals. In this case, even after screening, you still would not be fully aware of your status. The traditional test simply doesn’t screen for oral or rectal infections.
An extragenital test, or a “three-site” test will hit all the key areas of infection. It screens your genitals, but also your mouth and rectum. To make testing easier, myLAB Box offers lab-certified results right from the comfort of home.
Here’s how to test from home:
- Order an STI testing kit online. (You even get free shipping!)
- Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions.
- Send the sample off for testing. (More free shipping!)
- Receive your lab-certified results online in just days.
In the event that your results are positive, don’t sweat it. myLAB Box is here to help. As part of the service, any user that tests positive for an STI will be provided with a free phone consultation with a sexual health expert or physician. For states that support telemedicine (and most do), a doctor can prescribe treatment right over the phone. There’s no need for a costly follow-up appointment. You can screen and receive treatment without ever setting a foot outside of your home.
If you’d like to learn more, we’ve also written a full article to dispel some of the common myths about mouth STIs. So don’t stress, just test!